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April 14, 2009
LUBBOCK, Texas -
Coming off a split with Texas State in a Monday doubleheader, Texas Tech returns home to Rocky Johnson Field to face the University of Texas in a single game on Wednesday at 3 p.m. CT. Texas won the first game in the series back in March, 7-0, in Austin. Fans wearing Texas Tech apparel can purchase tickets for the special price of $1, as part of Texas Tech Day at The Rock.
The True Utility Player
In addition to pitching, playing right field, and being the designated player, senior Alex Watkins got her first start as catcher this season in the, 3-2 (9), win over Texas State on Monday. The versatile Watkins has also hit safely in 14 of the last 16 games and is hitting .323 overall with 40 hits and a team-leading 27 RBI. She also leads the Red Raider pitching staff with 110 strikeouts on the season, good for eighth-best in the Big 12 Conference.
Jacobs Allows Just Three Hits
Junior Ashly Jacobs allowed just three hits and one earned run against the Texas State Bobcats in nine innings of work in the, 3-2 win, picking up her ninth win of the season. Jacobs also struck out five to add to her total of 97, good for ninth-best in the Big 12 Conference.
Bledsoe Hits First Career Home Run
Freshman Emily Bledsoe cranked out her first career home run against Texas State on Monday afternoon, in this case while hitting from the left side. Along with the home run, Bledsoe has 23 hits and 14 RBI on the season. She is the Red Raiders first true switch hitter as a few of those hits and RBI have come from the right side of the dish, but the majority has been from the left.
Freshmen Knock In Runs
Freshmen Stephanie Drewry and Skyler Peterson accounted for all of Tech's three RBI in the, 3-2, in over Texas State on Monday. Peterson went 2-4 on the day scoring Tech's first run on a single up the middle. Drewry singled up the middle in the top of the ninth to score the game-tying and game-winning runs, going two-for-five on the day.
Texas enters this week's game with an overall record of 31-14 and 7-4 in the Big 12 Conference. The Longhorns most recently dropped a weekend series to Nebraska, and have lost their last three. UT is led by Loryn Johnson hitting .429 with 60 hits and 39 RBIs. In the circle, the Longhorns are anchored by Brittany Barnhill with a record of 19-9 and an ERA of 2.85. Texas leads the all-time series, 19-5, and has won eight out of nine in Lubbock, as Tech picked up their first win over Texas at home last year in a 5-4, win.